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Texas a flashpoint in debate over right to film police

As videos play an ever larger role in cases of alleged police brutality, "cop watching" is attracting organized activists in communities across the country. Clashes with police are inevitable, and now both sides are asking lawmakers to help clarify the ground rules.... Read more»1

Has the ‘anti-vaxx’ movement made it impossible to talk about vaccines?

Renee Gentry is president of the Vaccine Injured Petitioners Bar Association, but she doesn’t tell people what she does for a living if she can avoid it. “It takes about six questions to get me to say vaccine, because immediately it’s, ‘Oh, you’re not one of those crazy people are you?’” ... Read more»

Critics say vaccine injury fund has strayed from original purpose

Barbara Loe Fisher was at the table 29 years ago when the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act was crafted – and she says it's no longer living up to the "spirit and intent of Congress." The act was a response to vaccine manufacturers' threats in the 1980s to pull out of the United States, after a number of lawsuits by parents who believed their children were injured by vaccines. Congress, wanting to protect the U.S. vaccine supply, created the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.... Read more»

Vaccine injury fund tops $3.5 billion, as patients fight for payment

When Phoenix nurse Tarah Gramza realized that her daughter’s autoimmune disorder may have been caused by a vaccine, she looked into suing the vaccine manufacturer. Then she learned that the government won’t let her. Instead, Gramza is beginning what could be a years-long legal battle, trying to get an infinitesimal slice of the $3.5 billion fund set aside to compensate people who have adverse reactions to vaccines.... Read more»1

Mexico City could be the next to ban Uber

The taxi app just can’t catch a break down in Latin America.... Read more»3

U.S. Teacher of the Year got 'master class in culture' from refugees

Texan Shanna Peeples, the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, is an English teacher in Amarillo,Texas — which has seen an influx of refugees from countries like Myanmar in recent years. ... Read more»

Ex-Rep. Ron Barber, T-O chair Ned Norris named to Homeland Security advisory cmte

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Barber and Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris were named to the Homeland Security Advisory Council on Wednesday. The group provides advice to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.... Read more»

FactCheck: Rand Paul wrong on the Texas shooters

Sen. Rand Paul said the attack in Garland, Texas, was “an example of how we do need to secure our border,” but neither of the attackers crossed the southern border to gain access to the U.S. Both were Americans.... Read more»

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Fiorina misleads on student loans

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina gave a misleading description of the options available for college students who need loans to pay for their education. ... Read more»

Analysis: A fierce war that isn't meant to turn violent

The sharper the speech — the harder it pokes at something dear to someone else — the greater the chance of a strong reaction. ... Read more»

Mexicans don't understand why you're celebrating Cinco de Mayo

South of the border, Cinco de Mayo is no big deal.... Read more»1

Perry on Jade Helm: Military is 'quite trustworthy'

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday citizens should trust the military amid concerns about a training exercise scheduled to begin this summer in Texas and Arizona that has riled conspiracy theorists.... Read more»

FactCheck: Is Obama flying Central American kids to the U.S. for free?

Will the CAM Program established in November 2014 result in “millions” of foreign children coming to America, and will they be traveling at the expense of U.S. taxpayers?... Read more»

Gains, goals of Americans with Disabilities Act 25 years later

The iconic blue-and-white parking tags were the first and most visible effects of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which turns 25 years old this summer. Advocates say the ADA has been invaluable in the fight to protect rights of the disabled, but more needs to be done.... Read more»

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Texas gov. defends Guard monitoring military exercise

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday defended his decision to have the Texas State Guard monitor a military training exercise that has riled conspiracy theorists, denying he has lent credence to their suspicions. ... Read more»1

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